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Doug Hill, chief meteorologist at WJLA ABC7 in Washington, D.C., will be retiring in September after 33 years on the air. Hill came to Washington in 1984 and was a meteorologist for the CBS affiliate WUSA Channel 9 for 16 years. He worked alongside D.C. weather broadcasters Gordon Barnes and Topper Shutt, now the chief meteorologist at WUSA.

In 2000, Hill moved from WUSA to WJLA to become its chief meteorologist. During his tenure, WJLA's weather team expanded to eight meteorologists, broadcasting weather segments not only on Channel 7 but also on News Channel 8 and, for several years, on the radio station WTOP.

Hill's career path to weather broadcasting was unconventional. After attending Towson University, he joined the U.S. Air Force and then became a patrol and public information officer in the Prince George's County Police Department for six years. He was good on television, and was encouraged to apply for TV broadcasting jobs.

After his first job as a weathercaster in Richmond, he spent four-and-a-half years in Detroit before coming to Washington. Once he retires, Hill said, he plans to devote his energy to his family and church. As of mid-May, Hill's successor had not yet been named.

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Title Annotation:45 BEACON; Doug Hill
Publication:Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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